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The Tuareg people of the Sahara Desert traditionally use the stars to navigate and a constellation in the shape of a cross was used to orient them with the southern pole. This symbolism is reflected in their personal adornment with silver pendants called Croix du Sud or the Southern Cross.

There are 21 varieties; each one represents a specific area of Africa which identifies the wearer as a particular tribesman. These pendants were traditionally passed from Father to Son so that they may always know their place in the world, however, in modern times they are worn by both genders.

This is one of several vintage Croix du Sud pendants I brought back from the souks of Marrakech, Morocco. This particular one is a variation of the Tahoua cross and the mark of the silversmith who made it is visible on the back.

The sterling silver pendant measures approximately 1 inch wide by 2 inches long and has decorative markings etched into the face. The lustrous red tiger eye beaded necklace measures 17 inches long. It is accented with a round silver ball spacers and twisted silver tube spacers as well. I have double crimped the ends and attached a sterling S hook closure. It's a lovely necklace that works just as well for daily wear as it does for tribal dance costuming.

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Tuareg Croix du Sud Necklace with Red Tiger Eye Beads